Imagine a world where you decided to run for office and at the very mention of your intent, your campaign was fully funded, your field plan perfectly laid out, and you were given an extra few hours in the day to get everything done. (Running for office would be so much easier with 32-hour days, right?). Until that fantasy becomes a reality, we are here for you with the candidate training you need to run your best campaign. Whether you’re in the home stretch of a primary election or looking down the line at November, we have your back.. We’ve launched [...]
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Every campaign is looking to save money. You may have a friend who will cater your events for free or a supporter who wants to donate t-shirts for all of your volunteers. Maybe a local car dealer wants to lend you a car for use on the campaign trail. These are all wonderful, but each is an in-kind contribution and can be a fundraising pitfall if not handled correctly. When someone gives you a contribution (something of value) that isn’t cash, or sells your campaign something for less than market value, it’s an in-kind contribution. You might’ve heard of in-kind contributions [...]
How Can Your Campaign Benefit From Them?National Democratic Training Committee2018-05-10T16:29:38+00:00
It’s impossible to operate in the political sphere for long before Political Action Committees, aka PACs, come up in conversation. And while you probably hear about them all the time, you might still wonder, “How do Political Action Committees work?” but are bit embarrassed to ask. Or maybe you’re running for office and are curious as to how they can help your election. Don’t worry — you’re not alone. The truth is, PACs aren’t as complicated as they seem. And once you know how to navigate them, they can be really helpful for your campaign. In this post you’ll learn: What PACs are [...]
They’re not as complicated as you think.National Democratic Training Committee2018-10-01T16:47:54+00:00
Every day we’re impressed by the incredibly diverse and talented group of candidates who we support through training. Their passion, commitment, and dedication to changing their local communities is inspiring. That’s why we’re starting our new series, Trainee Spotlight. Every month, we’ll feature one of NDTC’s trainees that’s going above and beyond to improve their communities. Today we want to highlight one of those candidates. A man who isn’t waiting to get elected to actively work to change his community for the better: Robert Van Kirk. Robert is running for the 77th State House District in Michigan. What Inspired You To [...]
Five Tips for Making More Realistic Political Campaign Budgets
National Democratic Training Committee2018-05-10T16:53:12+00:00
We can’t afford all the yard signs we want.
We joke about yard signs (don’t get me started!), but you’ll have no idea how many you can afford without a proper campaign budget. This isn’t the sexy campaigning we envision when thinking about running for office, but it’s a vital and necessary step. While it may seem intimidating, it isn’t. Every good campaign, big or small, knows how much money they need and when they need it. To make it easier, we’ve build a few tools to help you create, track, and adapt your campaign budget no matter the size. Creating a Campaign Budget In our Budgeting and Financial Compliance [...]
We can’t afford all the yard signs we want.National Democratic Training Committee2018-05-10T16:53:12+00:00
February may be the shortest month of the year, but that didn’t stop hundreds of energized Democratic candidates, campaign staffers, and activists from joining us at NDTC live trainings across the country. In the span of just four weeks, over 500 Democrats across five states came out to learn the skills and tools needed to drive the blue wave in their home states. Not only was this our biggest month of training yet, it gave us the opportunity to bring training to states we haven’t trained in before including Michigan, Idaho, and Wyoming! In Idaho alone, a notoriously red state, more than [...]
Message box. Story of self. Public narrative. Your campaign message. These are all terms you may have heard before that will help you create your message in your attempt to connect with your voters and fellow citizens. You’ve got wonderful reasons for running. You've got passion. You’ve got amazing qualifications. You have developed complex opinions about the issues that face your area. But you shouldn’t overwhelm folks by sharing all of that with them every time you engage voters. Talk about overwhelming! You need to create a simple, clear, and concise message in order for voters to receive and process it. [...]
You’ve got a committee name. You have a kitchen cabinet. You've got a fundraising plan. You have a field plan. You have a website and Facebook page. It’s time to start hosting campaign events! You’re going to host events for several reasons: meeting voters, building relationships, and raising money. Tip: Make sure you know your goal before you start planning the event. Some events can serve multiple purposes, and that’s fantastic! But you should plan the event with a single focus. Meeting Voters An event to meet voters (be it to identify them or persuade them) can be extremely valuable. In an average hour of canvassing you [...]
Proper planning is the name of the game.National Democratic Training Committee2018-10-01T16:49:01+00:00
Sending emails will not win your campaign for you. Sending emails will not mean you will eclipse your fundraising goals. You’re still going to have to knock on doors, call people, and have face to face conversations. However, you probably won’t win your election if you do not include email as a part of your overall digital strategy. Sending emails will help you mobilize your supporters. Sending emails will also help you shape your messaging. Here’s a few tips to help guide you towards building a solid email program: Appropriate Tools Sign up for an email platform. You do not want [...]
How to Run for Office: Keep Your Message Local
National Democratic Training Committee2018-10-01T16:49:50+00:00
Focus on the people getting you into office: your voters.
We get it. It is so easy to get distracted on the campaign trail. When you’re talking about the same issues every single day, it’s tempting to go on a tirade about the current administration or your opinions on our relations with Russia. Resist the temptation! Focus on your campaign message. But if you do give in, here’s one piece of advice: Always bring it back home. Talk about what matters to your voters and issues facing your community. There’s enough people talking about national politics, you don’t need to be another. As the famous Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill said, “All [...]